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Author: Emma Yates-Badley

Fashion on the Ration

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style at Imperial War Museum North

April 28, 2016 Comments Off on Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style at Imperial War Museum North

As I sit and wait for the call to connect with Amanda Mason, the historian behind Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, a new exhibition at The Imperial War Museum North, I wonder what it is about clothing from bygone eras that has piqued our interest.

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sonnets in the city

Review: Sonnets in the City, BBC Radio 3, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

April 28, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Sonnets in the City, BBC Radio 3, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The phrase ‘Shakespeare’s Birthday’ is enough to strike fear into the heart of anyone from Stratford-upon-Avon.

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goodnight-mister-tom

Review: Goodnight Mister Tom, Opera House, Manchester

February 25, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Goodnight Mister Tom, Opera House, Manchester

As I wait in bar at the Opera House in Manchester, clutching my tiny bottle of wine and enjoying the novelty of attending the theatre alone, the thing that strikes me the most about the audience is its variety.

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Louise O'Neill by Miki Barlok

Review: Jeanette Winterson in conversation with Louise O’Neill

February 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Jeanette Winterson in conversation with Louise O’Neill

“The book was so powerful it made me cry,” my friend says. We are having coffee before heading off to watch author Louise O’Neill in conversation with Jeanette Winterson at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. “I had to put it down a couple of times,” I reply. ‘The sheer brutality of it meant I couldn’t continue.’

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The Solid Life of Sugar Water

Review: The Solid Life of Sugar Water, Royal Exchange

February 11, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Solid Life of Sugar Water, Royal Exchange

The Solid Life of Sugar Water is beautifully brutal. Much like a sharp slap to the face, it left me reeling, wounded and a little confused.

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Wit

Review: Wit, Royal Exchange, Manchester

January 28, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Wit, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Julie Hesmondhalgh always makes me cry. Whether it’s during those last few scenes in Coronation Street when she portrayed Hayley Cropper’s final moments or as Sylvia Lancaster in the heart-wrenching Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, there’s something about Hesmondhalgh’s performances guaranteed to make me blub like a small child.

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Snow Child

Children’s writer Emma Reeves talks to Northern Soul

December 2, 2015 Comments Off on Children’s writer Emma Reeves talks to Northern Soul

The festive season is upon us which can only mean one thing. No, I’m not talking about mulled wine and hog roasts at the Christmas Market. I’m referring to the slew of shows due to hit our theatres in the run up to the big day.

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Louis de Bernieres

Review: Louis de Bernières, Manchester Literature Festival

October 27, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Louis de Bernières, Manchester Literature Festival

I have some inexplicable form of amnesia when it comes to Manchester’s Portico Library and Gallery.

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Kate Mosse

Review: Kate Mosse, Manchester Literature Festival

October 20, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Kate Mosse, Manchester Literature Festival

I am sitting in the spectacular Living Worlds gallery in Manchester Museum. It is one of those cold autumnal nights where darkness is drawing in, winter coats have come out of hibernation and everything is a little bit eerie.

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Kate Mosse

“Write every single day” Kate Mosse talks to Northern Soul

September 24, 2015 Comments Off on “Write every single day” Kate Mosse talks to Northern Soul

I’m sitting at my desk in pyjamas and waiting for the call to connect. It’s a Tuesday morning, the dog is staring at me from the doorway, and it’s all a little bit nerve-wracking.

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